Frasers in running for two safety awards

Frasers Livestock Transport named as a finalist in two categories of this year’s Queensland Safe Work Awards

September 17, 2013

Frasers Livestock Transport is in the running to be recognised for its innovative approach to reducing the risk of incidents when cross-loading cattle.

The Toowoomba-based firm has been named as a finalist in two of the seven categories of this year's Queensland Safe Work Awards, which is run by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

It will vie for the Best Solution to an Identified Work Health and Safety Issue and Best Demonstrated Leadership in Work Health and Safety awards.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland says Frasers designed and developed a custom cross-loading module to make it safer for truck drivers when transferring cattle between trailers.

"Cross-loading involves reversing two trucks together, and the drivers climbing up the side of the cattle crate (a confined space that exposed the driver to live animals), standing on top of the crate and often inside the crate to move the cattle from one trailer to the next," the department says.

"Frasers undertook extensive research to design, develop and custom build a cross-loading module that incorporates a series of elevated platforms, over-trailer walkways and sliding gates/barriers. The module removes the need for the driver to work within, climb or stand on the crate. This decreases the risks of falls, trips, and contact with livestock."

Workplace Health and Safety says the cross-loading module has been "a resounding success" in terms of safety and productivity.

"Not only has the module created a safe working environment for drivers, but it also created time efficiencies which were seen as a major achievement by management and logistics staff," it says.

Frasers will compete with Dowell Windows, Golding Contractors, Laing O’Rourke and Murphy Pipe and Civil for the Best Solution to an Identified Work Health and Safety Issue Award.

In the other category, Frasers is up against Core Developments, Mates in Construction and John Holland Project Manager Stephen Riches.

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony on October 8.

Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has congratulated all finalists in the seven categories.

"They are shining examples of how much can be achieved by working together to make workplaces safer," he says.

"By thinking smarter, engaging workers and focusing on health and safety, these companies are helping cut the cost of workers’ compensation premiums while improving productivity."

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